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About me

Hello & Welcome, I'm Jan.

I am an integrative Counsellor based in Poets Corner, which is in the heart of Hove.

You might be wondering ‘why choose counselling rather than just talking to family or friends?’ Good question. One reason is that Therapy gives you the opportunity to devote an hour entirely on yourself whereby you can talk about anything and be taken seriously. Some people say the healing process starts the moment they feel they are heard. Talking things through allows you to completely focus your attention on your thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Counselling provides a space where you are able to explore and be yourself without judgement or being told what you should do.

For therapy to be most effective it is important that we feel comfortable together, therefore, at our initial meeting we will outline your situation, talk about confidentiality, and discuss any concerns you may have regarding counselling. Following that, we can decide if we would like to work together.

Whatever is troubling you may be difficult to voice. Sometimes it’s a struggle to find the words to explain. You may have lost your way and need some help to rediscover yourself. Being in a position to say aloud those weird or frightening thoughts that have been going around in your mind is liberating. This is often a new experience for many people but it is the first repairable step to your real and sometimes scary world.

All of us are unique individuals and as such, my approach is different for each person. Sometimes we will explore and look at past behaviours & patterns and how they affect the present time, and sometimes we will work in a short term solution-focused way.

My aim, as your therapist, is to work alongside you whilst guiding and helping you to find your own solutions.

I work alongside individuals and couples, that are in difficult situations. These range from relationship issues, affairs & betrayal, separation & divorce, loss, bereavement, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, child sexual abuse, child neglect, family issues, identification, addictions, phobias, anger issues, transgender, and much more.

For more information about me and how I work you can access my website (address above) where you will also find my blogs & some testimonials.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy:

  • Person-Centred
  • Psycho-dynamic
  • Psycho-sexual
  • Existential
  • Humanistic
  • Gestalt
  • Transactional Analysis
  • CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies & Theory
  • NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 2 Introductory to Counselling skills
  • Introduction to Counselling. Accredited.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Child Protection training seminar
  • Counsellors Bazaar
  • Intensive Life coaching seminar

Mentoring inmates in prison to help with their rehabilitation to manage life on the outside.

I have recently gained my Diploma in Pilates. Either on its own or along with some mindfulness training, this is very beneficial for anxiety, stress, relaxation, sleeplessness, and general well being. I am currently looking for premises to run my classes.

Ongoing training: I am currently working towards my Diploma in Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Ongoing training: I am currently working towards my Diploma for Yoga which I hope to offer clients and incorporate into my existing Pilates, mindfulness, & well being practice.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety, Relationship issues, depression, generalised depression disorder, bipolar disorder/manic depression, seasonal affective disorder (sad) postnatal depression, panic disorder, family issues, mental, sexual, and emotional abuse, addictions, phobias, affairs and betrayal, separation and divorce, couples issues, abuse, anger management, Child neglect/abuse, child sexual abuse.

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£40.00 per session

Additional information

One to one counselling is £40 for 50 minutes

Relationship Counselling is £50 for 50 minutes

Please ask about block booking discounts

I offer therapy via Zoom, WhatsApp Video calling, email and telephone. These types of consultations are ideal for busy people who do not have the time to meet up. Also, this is convenient for others that are out of the area but would still like support.

Cancellation policy:Any cancellation prior to the session requires 24 hours notice. This allows me to offer you and others slots that are available. For sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, the fee will be due in full.  

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available:

  • Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm.
  • Saturday - 9am - 1pm.

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms